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Covers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows revealed

by David Haber, Wizard News Editor

This morning, the American cover of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was shown anywhere for the first time by Arthur A. Levine of Scholastic on the Today Show on NBC TV. Simultaneously, both the American and British covers were released on the official publishers websites.

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American and British covers of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Deathly Hallows full American cover art

As Merideth Viera and Matt Lauer talked to Arthur A. Levine about the meaning of the image on the American cover, Mr. Levine confirmed that someone will die, but did not say who. He says he cried when he read the book. At this, Merideth Viera said, "Someone we like died?" And then Mr. Levine appeared to say, "Yes," but then quickly said, "Well... it is a very emotional book."

The British book cover released this morning also includes these book jacket notes:

"Harry is waiting at Privet Drive. The Order of the Phoenix is coming to escort him safely away without Voldemort and his supporters knowing -- if they can. But what will Harry do then? How can he fulfil the momentous and seemingly impossible task that Professor Dumbledore has left him with?

"Harry has been burdened with a dark, dangerous and seemingly impossible task: that of locating and destroying Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes. Never has Harry felt so alone, or faced a future so full of shadows. But Harry must somehow find within himself the strength to complete the task he has been given. He must leave the warmth, safety and companionship of The Burrow and follow without fear or hesitation the inexorable path laid out for him...

"In this final, seventh instalment of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling unveils in spectacular fashion the answers to the many questions that have been so eagerly awaited. The spellbinding, richly woven narrative, which plunges, twists and turns at a breathtaking pace, confirms the author as a mistress of storytelling, whose books will be read, reread and read again."

In addition, according to an article on the CBBC website of the BBC this morning, the British edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be 608 pages long. Scholastic announced last week that the American edition of Deathly Hallows would be 784 pages.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released worldwide in English on July 21, 2007.

More information:
• Beyond Hogwarts: Judging a book by its cover

Published March 28, 2007

This article is Copyright © 2007, David Haber, and may not be reproduced on other web sites or in print, in whole or in part, without expressed permission

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